Debra Schaumberg

Debra A. Schaumberg

ScD, OD, MPH, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Real-World Evidence

Debra is an internationally recognized expert in ophthalmology and epidemiology and brings more than 20 years’ experience designing and leading research investigations spanning the spectrum of RCT through all aspects of real-world evidence (RWE) generation and integration. Debra works externally with clients, industry, and academic contacts, and internally across the organization, to advance scientific aspects of established individual service offerings as well as to contribute to the conceptualization, delivery, and commercialization of new/emerging RWE multi-method client solutions. Working with Evidera’s entire research team, Debra is accountable for showcasing RWE’s methodological and scientific expertise and offerings to external audiences through scientific and commercial efforts and activities.

Prior to joining Evidera, Debra served for nearly 20 years on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was responsible for the leadership of a large innovative research program in eye disease epidemiology supported by NIH, industry, and private foundations. Subsequently, Debra was Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she held a senior leadership role in a large-scale multidisciplinary research effort focused on disentangling the biological pathways leading to macular degeneration and development of novel therapeutic targets.

Most recently, Debra served first as Global Medical Director for Ophthalmics, leading the launch strategy for Xiidra, and then as Head of Medical Evidence at Shire, developing and leading the real-world evidence strategy for the medical affairs organization across all therapeutic areas. Debra has diverse experience with biotherapeutic start-ups, venture capital teams, and big pharma, and has worked in early stage clinical development through medical affairs and life-cycle management roles. She has authored hundreds of scientific publications, lectures, and scientific presentations.

Debra received her ScD from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health, research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and an OD summa cum laude from the Illinois College of Optometry. She is the recipient of numerous awards, is an elected Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the American College of Epidemiology, and is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine.